Never Say Never-Never

Never Say Trains are fun

The Next Car is the Sleeping Car. After eventually laying down in the single bed, each person has an encounter.

Annie is Confronted by her father, he informs her that she isn’t paying enough attention to the details, that she is not seeing the path correctly, and that she is too distracted, he compels her “Ooh Shiny” Aspect trying to break her of it so she will pay better attention to whats going on.

Liam is Confronted by the Arch Angel Suriel. His faith is put the to the test noting that he is straying farther and farther to his fae nature. He needs to return to gods light and abandon this quest for false idols. He compels his “Thy will be done” aspect with good ole fashion catholic guilt. Liam eventually resists by focusing on his loved ones and helping them.

Cole is Confronted by his Great Great Grandfather, Listens to Wind. He is Compelled by his “Red Court Warpath” Aspect to give up this silly chase after an ancient goddess and to focus on the war and saving his sister. He agrees with the old wizard and begins to leave but then is compelled by his aspect “Sundance Kid” acknowledging that he being tested and that he’s been through worse tests.

Next they enter the elaborate dining car. The entire right side of the car is a bar stocked with every booze known to man (and some unknown). after sitting at the 3 bar stools the tick tock man appears behind the bar dressed like an old western bartender. He offers them a deal, he will answer any question that he knows the answer to, the price is that they must have 1 drink (of their choice) per question asked. Cole and Liam end up having 2 drinks each, and Annie has one. They Learn:

  • That they will see Cole’s sister at the weigh station next stop
  • That Red Masque is just like all Red Court, Gutting him, fire, sunlight are his greatest weakness, they also learn that he primarily uses Fire Evocations.

The Train pulls to a stop and the weigh station. Everyone gets out and walks on to the platform. 50 yards away in a field they see a ripple and Cole’s Sister, 4 Red Court Vampires, and Red Masque walk through. Cole’s Sister is forced to open another “way” through the never never and they begin to move towards it. Hesitation and Alcohol get the best of everyone and a few reactions are late before Cole’s sister and 2 red court are through. the 2 full bat-vampire reds charge the group, Cole and Annie release attacks on the Reds and Liam tries to skewer Red Masque with Ice. It is easily deflected. Noticing now that their powers are weakened (from the trains alcohol) they dispatch the 2 Reds and Cole lets loose a huge bolt of lightening at Red Masque, he deflects most of it but his right arm is damaged. The blinding power of the lightening blinds Cole (temporarily?) and Red Masque passes through the “Way”.

Everyone re boards the train.

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Never say Riddles are easy

After retrieving the musical piece Liam takes Annie and Cole to Powell Symphony Hall to use the Piano there. After a slight interaction with Bob the Security Guard they enter and Liam begins to play the musical piece on the piano under the spotlight with annie laying on the piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRmgtWXGX6s

Liam blazes with an Amber light as Cole senses a ridiculous amount of magical power being thrown around. Liam enters a dream where he speaks to his mother the banshee speaking in an Irish Accent. She tells him that he is not of winter and that Banshee are the Children of the Dagda and The Morrigan, and that he is the great grandson of Martha (Danu). He Belongs to the sealed away Spring Court and that the Children of Autumn were let run wild. He is told Martha is the only one who can awaken the Dagda and bring back the spring. He also learns the location of the 3 treasures in Ireland.

Liam goes to urgent care for his migraine and then they go to Left Bank books to talk freely. Howard looks tired but accommodates them. Liam tells his story and then it is decided that they will go to see the Tick Tock Man.

They arrive at Union station and Annie Quickly finds the location of the weak spot of the veil. She creates a doorway and they pass through into a black and while rail-yard with a single train station. At the ticket counter the meat Bernese an Old goblin women who (after awhile) calls the Tick Tock Man’s Train.

After a wait a blazing red two eyes appear in the distance and moves closer revealing a train with the head of a skull billowing dark black smoke, Old Dark Metal and Copper accents line the train and after awhile it screeches to a halt. A slightly tall man in a mixture of a conductors outfit with 12 pocket watches and half a tuxedo exits, the left half o his head/face is entirely metallic with a single cylinder lens of red as his left eye. He offers to take them but they must pay the price and then survive the ride.

For Annie he offers a Lantern that he fills with her fairy fire. For Liam his voice that he captures in a music box (not a jar, i know, I forgot that i wrote this down already), and for Cole his passion and desire in a dreamcatcher. He then invites them on the train at the caboose.

They enter the caboose as the train starts to move. The first car involve riddles. As the elimination begins Annie makes her way forward through a fiery purple door, then Liam through a door of ice, and then cole through a door of cinders.

In the second car each person is alone and figures there way through to the next car. Annie blasting a hole through the door, Liam burning himself on cold iron and then ice battering ramming through it, and Cole after diffusing the electrical wards blasting a hole and bending it with air pressure.

they move on……

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Never Say Gods don't walk Amongst us

Everyone has spilled out on the east side of the Moolah. Liam and Annie look around for Martha while Cole regains consciousness. Martha is nowhere to be seen. Sirens are heard in the distance and Elden Carver assures that he will take care of the police. Liam, Cole, and Annie head for the scottish arms after stopping off to pick up their prisoner.

Upon arriving they see a number of people leaving the area, and a closed sign up at the Scottish Arms, after knocking, Otis arrives at the door, unlocks it and tells them that currently they are “Not” welcome. Liam and Cole leave the bulk of their power at the door and all three enter. They inform Otis what happened from their point of view. He acknowledges everything he is told and informs them that Martha was the target of the attack.

Otis leads them upstairs to find Feargahl blocking their path. With Otis’ blessing he lets everyone pass. Martha lays unconscious on the bed. He informs them that if they wish to know what is going on and wish to help, that they must swear an oath of secrecy. He sways Liam and Cole by informing them that this involves Cole’s Sister and Liam’s Great Grandmother. they are swayed and Annie follows suit.

It is learned that Martha is a member of the Tuatha de danann, Old Irish Gods predating the origins of Christ. He believes that the Red court seeks 3 of the remaining Treasures of the Tuatha de Danann: The Spear of Lugh (Which never misses its mark), Nuada’s Sword which nobody can stand against, and nobody can resist. And The Undry (The Cauldron of Dagda <2nd>

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Never Say Buildings Don't Fall

Flanked on either Side Liam, Annie, and Cole Square off against 3 Red Court Vampires and the Man in the Red Mask. Senses inform Liam and Cole that he is a practitioner and Liam further notices that he is also a red court vampire.

The 3 inform them that they’re not looking for any trouble and start to jibe at Warden Cole. Cole’s desire to destroy the Red Court gets the best of him and he launches an attack at the lead Red. Two are quickly dispatched via an Air Tomahawk and a combination of Frozen Blood & Annie Punches. Liam Entraps the Third in a prison of Ice. He then turns to the Man in the Red Mask.

Liam is informed that he is quite skilled, and that while the Three Reds were his acquaintances but not his friends. He informs them that He seeks no Quarrel with them, and that they are free to take their prisoner and leave, and that he will do the same. It is agreed and they begin to wheel the ice prison away (veiled).

One block from the Scottish Arms a Large explosion is heard in the Direction of the Moolah. Liam and Annie turn around instantly and Cole follows after stashing the prison. The Western side of the Moolah has collapsed (the alley side) and Smoke and Fire billow from the building. Liam Brings cold upon the building to snuff the fire and begins to disolve the rubble to ash. Cole Collects the Smoke within the air and sends it off into the atmosphere.

Annie Flies around the other side of the building to see panicked people fleeing out of the building. Notable people she sees get free: Elden Carver (leading people out), Arthur Zuckerman, 2 members of the white court, Samuel Porter, and Gladys. She flies down into the bowling ally to see a figure holding his arms and some sort of magical barrier keeping the rubble from crushing everyone. Annie flies back to get Liam and Cole.

Everyone rushes to the front of the building (to avoid the fleeing crowd) and then down into the bowling alley. Liam finds Howard holding up the walls however is more disturbed by the fact that Howard is Evocating a Ward. After searching Annie finds Martha half covered in rubble. Cole opens his sight and looks at Martha, he instantly collapses into unconsciousness.

Annie is grabbed out of the air by a familiar framed figure with an Irish Accent. He is tall tall and hairy and is not recognizable by anyone as to what he is. He asks her What she has done. He also questions Liam and throws annie across the room as he starts to move the rubble. Liam dissolves to the rubble over Martha to Ash and then helps Cole to the way out as the creature grabs Martha and does the same. Howard yells for them to get out and Liam stops at the door unable to let his friend die.

LIam unleashes a wail the likes of which have rarely been heard on this plain of existence as Howard turns and runs for the door. As the building remnants come falling down they are instantly dissolved into ash as howard barely makes it to the door in time. Everyone rushes out and spills out into the alley on the East Side of the Building. Liam’s voice is damaged to the point effecting his magic.

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Never Say Nothing is Hidden

Liam and Annie Take Cole on a Tour of Saint Louis. Numerous stops include BJC (White Court) the Moolah, the Landing (Red Court), the Botanical Gardens (Summer Court) ect…Until they arrive at the Arch.

Annie’s Newly awakened Worldwalking powers alert her to an old residual presence of a once weak spot in the realities that has been reinforced with an incredibly strong barrier with layers and layers upon it. Liam and Cole also investigate into this after Anne mentions is. Liam senses a stirring presence (slightly winter) close to them and goes outside to investigate. He performs a ritual using his winter aura to project his senses. He finds 3 beings under each of the bridges (Eads, MLK, and Poplar) of immense power, dormant.

Liam enters the waters and expands his senses again and is pulled into the murky depth of the Mississippi. There he communes with one of the beings that asks him why he disturbs them and if the gate is sealed? He informs them of his curiosity and learns to acknowledge their pure purpose of standing watch and protecting the gate. They inform him that “he knows not what he truly is” and he realizes that at some point they were maybe winter but have long since broken such simple boundaries as fairy courts. He sees the 3 bridges as they once were and were not. Eads touched with Ice, MLK touched with leaves and plate life, poplar with barren branches. He offers his help should it ever be needed and is released back into the world upon the shore.

After recuperating at Liam’s apartment, The Banshee Miranda shows up and to see if Liam is OK. She heard his call and seems genuinely worried. she asks him if she should hide this knowledge from her lady, and agrees to do so unless it becomes relevant. they go to blueberry hill for dinner and then to bowl.

At the Bowling alley, they see the Arch Diocese, the White Court, the Vexus Alumi, and a small group of 3 red court vampires. Cole resists the urge to end the Reds and after a few introductions and hellos, the games begin. The first round is won over the white court, the second is barely lost to the diocese. Before the third game gets under way the Reds get up to leave.

Cole, Liam, and Annie follow them out into the alley on the side of the Moolah, To their left the 3 Reds, to their Right an imposing figure wearing tactical gear, a long dark trench coat, and a red mask unlike anyone has ever seen…

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Never say you weren't Followed

Liam and Annie meet up with Cole at the Scottish arms. Styles has already gone out for the day. They have tea and coffee (irish) with Otis debating their next move.

The Phone rings and Otis has a hushed conversation. he then asks if they were wondering about the Red Court, and that Martha Just called and was mentioning them. They decide to go to the moolah.

Arriving at the bowling lanes (It is bowling night) Martha greets everyone offering cookies and sandwiches. She informs them that the Red court has been “hanging” out alot lately. Never playing, just watching what goes on. Also on the side it is learned that Nicholas Price has met with Both Sidhe Lord Paizo and Countess Neridia about 6 weeks ago here. Cole shakes Marthas hand and gets an overwhelming sense of power unlike anything he has felt before. They sign up for this evenings bowling match inserting cole in Sister Mary Elizabeth’s Place. they Then head off to see Howard.

They arrive at left bank books, Cole is introduced to Howard (And Seven). He also notes the Red Court activities and question what’s in it for Summer. He Mentions that Arthur Zuckerman was in last week. One of Howards Wards is triggered and he asks if they know who’s following them.

Liam does a quick ritual to expand his magical sense to Annie. She flies out quickly and locates the source, a humanoid figure standing about 7 feet tall. She returns and then everyone (except howard) goes out to investigate. The Figure does not respond at first but when threatened is informed in a heavy Irish Accent that he is just keeping tabs. He then leaves by jumping westward covering a number of city blocks, Annie Follows. After trying to wrap around and lose any tail she follows him all the way back to the Moolah. She chases inside and is quickly grabbed by strong huge hands. She is informed that he does not wish to be followed and Annie dodges an attempt at a bargain. He lets her go and heads down to the bowling lane, Annie follows and as soon as the figure crosses into the bowling alley he disappears from her sight. When she asks Martha where he went, Martha doesn’t seem to know what she’s talking about, she returns to Left Bank Books.

Everyone agrees that they will hopefully glean more information at Bowling Night.

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Never Say Never Never

Warden Cole is transferred to St. Louis (at his own request) in search of his Sister who has been taken by the red court. Even with the knowledge that 3 wardens have been killed and 1 gone missing in the last 3 months. He receives a phone call informing him to meet with head warden Styles at the jewel Box at 9:45pm.

Shortly after they meet they are attacked by 4 red court vampires. The vampires are dispatched ((and the jewel box somewhat destroyed). They leave for the Scottish Arms and Styles Contacts Liam and Annie asking for their assistance.

Liam and Annie meet with Styles and Cole. Styles does not look well. He informs them that there has been an influx of Red Court lately. They seem to have made a deal with the Summer Court and are being allowed to use the ways of Summer. Warden Cole is tasked with stopping this alliance and due to their affiliations asks Annie and Liam for Help.

Sidhe Lord Paizo arrives at the Scottish arms and requests on be half of Countess Sephaira that they come with him to meet with the Countess. They leave for the Zoo.

Meeting with Countess Sephaira they learn that Winter intends to stop the Summer / Red Court Alliance. Warden Cole is informed to pass on to the white council that should they assist in this, Winter would allow the White Council use of the Ways of Winter. Liam is tasked with stopping summer as well. Their is also a new member to the Winter Court, a true Banshee named Miranda.

They return to the scottish arms, inform styles of what’s going on, and call it a night.

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Aftermath
End Story: Gateway in the West

End First Story: Gateway in the West

Agent Byrns is believed to be in possession of the Nazaran Denarious Coin. His whereabouts are unknown. Upon regaining his full consciousness Elden Carver tells the tale of how he trapped Nazaran in the Sepulcher Stone by sacrificing his own freedom to trap them both. Alexander Cross is taken into Custody by the Catholic Church for questioning and healing. Elden Carver is placed as the New Arch-Bishop of Saint Louis.

The Vexus Alumi is Taken into custody by Warden Styles. Styles is Promoted to Head Warden over the Saint Louis 3 Rivers Area. The White council finds that Monsanto was siphoning the life force of supernatural beings and creating a temporary drug with them. This explains the odd red court infected and the Annie Clones. The production is halted and the product destroyed however they are confident there is still some of the drug on the streets, how much is unknown. The Esylium is confiscated by the White Council and Warden Meyers has not been seen since the last night at the convent.

Balance is restored between the Summer and Winter Fairy Courts in Saint Louis. A new Countess of the Winter Court is appointed, a Sidhe Lady named Sephaira. Liam and Annie are required to attend the ceremony assigning of territories between both courts. After his introduction to the Countess Liam recognizes that her eyes are the same he saw in the glass. She smiles knowingly at him and informs him “We’ll be in touch”.

A tall black man with a Russian accent arrives a few weeks later at the convent to talk to Sister Mary Elizabeth. He informs her that she did well in her first true test as a knight and that she is in need of more skill with her sword. He takes her away to an undisclosed location to hone her abilities.

Liam and Annie are left in Saint Louis.

Next Story: Never say Never-Never


Ask some questions, I may or may not answer them depending on if your characters would be privy to the knowledge.

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Rebirth Night

Shortly after the light fades The Dark Haired man seems to recover swiftly. He begins to eat and drink off of the buffet complimenting its quality. Sister Mary Elizabeth has her sword drawn at the man. Liam tries to help the Blonde Man regain consciousness.

The Dark haired man tries to leave and Annie and SME cut him off. He introduces himself as Alexander Cross and he proclaims unless the Knight plans on Killing him in cold blood that he is within’ his rights to leave. Then the entire south side of the room explodes in purple light as a barrage of energy blasts into the room. Annie notices that the color of the energy is exactly the color of her fairy fire.

Mr. Cross begins to leave again and SME is unable to do anything about it. Liam hears the coughing words from the Blonde man (Elden Carver) saying “Don’t let him go…” Liam gets up points his gun at Mr. Cross and fires a round into his chest. A black chitin armor plate appears over his skin blocking the bullet. Mr. Cross declares that he is within’ his right of the accords to defend himself and Liam fires 3 more rounds. A scorpion tail appears behind him and lashes out at Liam at the same time Annie then throws fairy fire at the back of his head and he narrowly misses Liam. He declares his right to defend himself again. at this point SME gets involved and the battle ensues. Annie flies out to get styles and investigate the purple light.

Turns out Styles is protecting the people and 5 almost-annie-like clones are bombarding the building with fairy fire. Annie swiftly dispatches the clones in one blast and gets styles.

After numerous winter magic barrages from liam and cuts from the sword of the Cross Nazaran summons forth the Chain Demon used by summer to dispatch Winter and the Arch Bishop. Liam Squares off with the Chain Demon and SME with Nazaran. The hired security and a few men in suits arrive and styles arrives from the other end of the room.

Liam and Annie do fairly well keeping the Demon off balance though SME dealing with the Denarian on her own starts goes back and forth until a mighty holy smiting strike causing Nazaran to Flee. However! Liam Blocks the Windows with Ice and SME Brings her blade down in his chest sparing the human’s life. he reverts back to a man and everyone focuses on the chain demon.

Annie recognizes one of the men in the suit as Agent Byrns who she met at the restaurant, he promptly shoots her. after finishing off the chain demon SME turns to Alexander Cross and tells him “Give up the Coin”

He Responds laughing “I Already have”

Agent Byrns is nowhere to be found…

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Party-less Night

Liam notices an entourage of expensive cars pulling up to the Arch Diocese. Annie flies around to inform Liam and Styles of the glowing light.

Out of the cars exit the donors exit their cars (including all of the vexus alumi) and begin to make their way into the arch diocese. SME, Cardinal Burke, and Bishop Rice finish the reinforcing of the threshold around the building. SME, Bishop Rice, and The Cardinal discuss what is to be done about the event. As they begin to talk about shutting down the event SME’s phone rings and gets an anonymous call, she it told that she should not cancel the event and that they have a lock of the cardinal’s hair and if she does cancel it they will kill the cardinal. The cardinal removes himself from the decision since he would be biased. The choice falls to SME and she decides to shut down the event, and tells Liam to get meet her inside to protect the cardinal.

Liam, Annie, and Styles enter the building to see the donors standing in the main entryway. Styles makes a distraction by presenting himself as a Warden of the White Council to the Vexus Alumi as Annie and Liam run off to protect the Cardinal. They arrive and encircle the Cardinal in Magic to protect him from whatever spells may be thrown his way. They then all rush back to intercept the Vexus Alumi from entering the exhibit hall.

SME arrives first and blocks them, informing them that the event has been cancelled for the evening.

There is a Short altercation with the Vexus Alumi (it doesn’t go well for them) However the sepulcre stone has been activated and releases its power leaving two naked men lying on the floor. One is Elden Carver, former Knight of the Cross, the Other is Nazaran, Denarian.

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